U.S. President Donald Trump points to the media up as he walks on the South Lawn upon his return to the White House in Washington, U.S., February 24, 2017.

Americans distrust media, but they distrust President Trump more

By The BDN Editorial Board on Feb. 27, 2017, at 12:26 p.m.
The Founding Fathers put free speech and press in the First Amendment. They believed it was that important.
Protesters gather outside the Bangor International Airport on Jan. 29, 2017, in opposition to President Donald Trump's order to restrict people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

Maine is not as intolerant as its leaders. Here’s how we know.

By The BDN Editorial Board on Feb. 25, 2017, at 11 a.m.
What’s been made abundantly clear in recent months — through the airport protests and response to articles like the one about the Kaluta family — is that a sizeable number of Mainers welcome refugees.
The State House in Augusta

LePage’s budget diverts problems, abandons those left to solve them

By The BDN Editorial Board on Feb. 24, 2017, at 7:43 a.m.
Life is difficult already for someone living with a low income and trying to get by with the help of even a minimal amount of government assistance. Gov. Paul LePage’s proposal for a new, two-year state budget starts from a place of making life even more difficult for that person.
U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, U.S. Sen. Angus King, Director of National Drug Control Policy Michael Botticelli and U.S. Attorney Thomas Delahanty II participate in an August 2015 round-table discussion in Brewer about heroin addiction.

Action, not more study, needed to tackle addiction crisis

By The BDN Editorial Board on Feb. 23, 2017, at 12:09 p.m.
With Mainers dying at the alarming rate of essentially one per day from drug overdoses, a legislative task force to assess the problem and offer solutions sounds like too little, too late. Lawmakers can ensure this isn’t the case by fast tracking and removing impediments from what is known to work, such as medication-assisted treatment.
Students from Sacred Heart Academy, Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School and Muslim Community Center Academy gather for an interfaith event sponsored by Poetry Pals, a nonprofit youth arts organization.

With hate crimes on the rise, now is the time to get to know someone who’s different

By The BDN Editorial Board on Feb. 22, 2017, at 12:05 p.m.
At a time when hate and suspicion of others propel policy at the federal level, it’s crucial that local communities — faith and otherwise — foster acceptance and understanding.

Government, on multiple levels, decides to fail transgender students

By The BDN Editorial Board on Feb. 21, 2017, at 12:14 p.m.
With no rules in Maine and a federal injunction against guidance to schools on this topic, transgender students remain unnecessarily at risk.
Shawn Toupin with Brewer Public Works clears snow from the sidewalks on Feb. 15 in Brewer.

Sidewalk clearing conundrum: City or property owner responsibility?

By The BDN Editorial Board on Feb. 20, 2017, at 12:26 p.m.
It makes much more sense for property owner’s to keep public sidewalks clear in front of their homes or businesses.
Presque Isle fans cheer on their team during their 2015 Eastern Maine basketball championship tournament game against Gardiner at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

Tourney time brings out best in Maine

By The BDN Editorial Board on Feb. 18, 2017, at 8:49 a.m.
Maine can be tough and cold and lean. But it’s worth savoring the special qualities of life here that make it all worthwhile.
The Bangor Area Recovery Network holds a Circle of Caring challenge event in honor people affected by opioid abuse at Doyle Field in Brewer in this June 2016 file photo.

A border wall won’t stop heroin from coming to Maine

By The BDN Editorial Board on Feb. 17, 2017, at 10:44 a.m.
If only the solution to save Maine lives was so simple.
Painted Matryoshka dolls, or Russian nesting dolls, bearing the faces of U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Russian President Vladimir Putin are displayed for sale at a souvenir shop in central Moscow, Russia, November 7, 2016.

Russian investigation one of many Congress should undertake

By The BDN Editorial Board on Feb. 16, 2017, at 1:45 p.m.
Questions about the Trump administration’s dealings with Russia have multiplied.
U.S. Sen. Angus King helps unload a bus full of food at the Portland nonprofit Preble Street in this Nov. 26, 2014, file photo.

Lawmakers shouldn’t let ideology trump the needs of real people

By The BDN Editorial Board on Feb. 15, 2017, at 12:07 p.m.
State policies have increased the number of children in poverty, raised food insecurity in Maine, and grown the ranks of people without health insurance.
Orono residents waiting to register to vote line a section of the indoor track at the University of Maine New Balance Student Recreation Center in Orono, Nov. 8, 2016.

Efforts to improve voting system’s ‘integrity’ aren’t solving any problems

By The BDN Editorial Board on Feb. 14, 2017, at 12:48 p.m.
The biggest problem with elections in Maine and the United States is that not enough people vote. Some elections have turnout as low as 10 percent. Lawmakers should turn their attention to increasing turnout, not turning people away.
The start of an approximate two-year long restructuring and renovation of the Maine Grains facility in Skowhegan will include a new farm to table cafe, local breweries, a retail store, cheese cave, farmers market, and of course the existing grain mill.

A small start for revitalizing rural Maine: ‘The belief that it is possible.’

By The BDN Editorial Board on Feb. 13, 2017, at 11:07 a.m.
Part of the challenge is to overcome the attitude of pessimism that can dominate conversations about rural Maine.

Cutting food assistance doesn’t make hunger go away

By The BDN Editorial Board on Feb. 11, 2017, at 7:27 a.m.
Food insecurity is on the decline in the United States. Not so in Maine.
Gov. Paul LePage addresses the chamber during the 2017 State of the State address at the State House in Augusta Tuesday.

LePage is finally saying the right things about opiate addiction treatment

By The BDN Editorial Board on Feb. 10, 2017, at 7:06 a.m.
“Too many people are dying,” LePage said during his State of the State address, before urging lawmakers to work with him to find solutions.
Gov. Paul LePage

The irony of LePage’s welfare fraud priorities

By The BDN Editorial Board on Feb. 09, 2017, at 12:21 p.m.
The administration shouldn’t pick and choose who it disciplines for misusing funds.
The number of students who qualify for free and reduced price lunches is increasing in Maine, as is the percentage of children in deep poverty.

Want to improve Maine’s future? Invest in our children

By The BDN Editorial Board on Feb. 08, 2017, at 12:20 p.m.
The percentage of children without health insurance has risen in Maine while it has dropped nationally.
Marie McMonagle (center) and her daughter Heather (right) stand amid other protesters outside the Bangor International Airport on Jan. 29 in opposition to President Donald Trump's order to restrict people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. "He needs a reality check," Marie McMonagle said.

Why we need to calm down about terrorism

By The BDN Editorial Board on Feb. 07, 2017, at 1:31 p.m.
Donald Trump is taking a page out of the Republican playbook to use the threat of terrorism to scare — and, therefore, try to control — Americans.
A marijuana plant in Hermon.

How to improve Maine’s marijuana law

By The BDN Editorial Board on Feb. 06, 2017, at 1 p.m.
Lawmakers are right to want to fully consider this change, including allowing the public to weigh in.
A deer in Oxbow, Maine

Maine needs a leader to step up for rural communities

By The BDN Editorial Board on Feb. 04, 2017, at 9:55 a.m.
No one is focusing on rural communities in the most rural state in the U.S. Maine needs someone to lead a state rural development council to do just that.